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Our Genealogical Helper for Mars Hill ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Mars Hill (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Mars Hill. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for Mars Hill ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Mars Hill.

  • While the name of this community is Mars Hill, be aware that it's the common practice for mapmakers to remove the apostrophe from possessive names. So Mars Hill may originally have been Mar's Hill.
  • Sometimes the trailing 's' might be dropped altogether, in which case Mars Hill might be written as Mar Hill.

Newspapers Published in Mars Hill ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 56 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mars Hill.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Mars Hill, there are papers which were published within 19 miles [30.6 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Mars Hill.

Cemeteries Near Mars Hill ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mars Hill.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Mars Hill covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &
    Direction    
Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
 
      Less than 2 miles  
  ESE Old Mars Cemetery [Map]      
  E New Mars Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Posey Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Shiloh Cemetery [Map]      
 
      2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Union Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Crumpton Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Jones Cemetery [Map]      
 
      3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Pleasant Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Center Hill Cemetery [Map]      
 
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Campbell Cemetery [Map]      
  S Macedonia Cemetery [Map]      
  E Holly Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Oak Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Providence Cemetery [Map]      
  NW New Prospect Cemetery [Map]      
 
      5 miles [8 km]  
  SW Randolph Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pates Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE St. Pauls Cemetery [Map]      
  W Shady Grove Cemetery [Map]      
 
      6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SSW Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SSW Abney Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Beulah Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Pine Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Oak Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ebenezer Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Ashby Cemetery [Map]      
 
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Cox Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Carmel Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Thorsby Memorial Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Thorsby Scandinavian Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rocky Mount Community Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Old Rock Springs Cemetery [Map]      
 
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSE Mulberry Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Raspberry Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Cedar Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  E Collins Chapel Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Union Grove Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Rocky Mount Cemetery [Map]      
  ENE Cobb Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Shiloh - Busby Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Brierfield Cemetery [Map]      
  N Session Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Moore Cemetery [Map]      
 
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Rehobeth Cemetery [Map]      
  NNW Montevallo Cemetery [Map]      
  S New Convert Cemetery [Map]      
  S Reeds Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Isabella Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE New Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Shelby Memorial Gardens [Map]      
  N Richardson - Randall Cemetery [Map]      
  N Reynolds Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Community Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Carlton Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  W Antioch Cemetery [Map]      
 
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  N King Cemetery [Map]      
  SW Griffin Cemetery [Map]      
  S Old Maplesville Cemetery [Map]      
  SSE Old Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Liberty Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  SE Mt. Pleasant Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Lomax Cemetery [Map]      
  ESE Robinson Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Mineral Springs Cemetery [Map]      
  E Pleasant Hill Cemetery [Map]      
  NNE Salem Cemetery [Map]      
  NW Cahaba Valley Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Six Mile Presbyterian Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Six Mile Cemetery [Map]      
  WNW Thompson Cemetery [Map]      


       

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

While we didn't find Mars Hill in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Mars Hill.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Mars Hill, with the one closest to Mars Hill listed first.

Jemison   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the East (E) from Mars Hill
 - 1895 population of 360 people (with 2,619 people in 2015)
 - Jemison had a post office and railroad service
 
Randolph   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mars Hill
 - 1895 population of 286 people
 - Randolph had a post office and railroad service
 
Ashby   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mars Hill
 - 1895 population of 64 people
 - Ashby had a post office and railroad service
 
Brierfield   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mars Hill
 - 1895 population of 316 people
 - Brierfield had a post office and railroad service
 
South Calera   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Mars Hill
 - South Calera had a post office and railroad service
 
Trio   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mars Hill
 - Trio had a post office and no railroad service
 
Maplesville   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mars Hill
 - 1895 population of 115 people (with 704 people in 2015)
 - Maplesville had a post office and railroad service
 
Lomax   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mars Hill
 - 1895 population of 96 people
 - Lomax had a post office and railroad service
 
Montevallo   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the North (N) from Mars Hill
 - 1895 population of 572 people (with 6,648 people in 2015)
 - Montevallo had a post office and railroad service
 
Dogwood   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the North (N) from Mars Hill
 - Dogwood had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Mars Hill. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mars Hill in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Mars Hill is located in Chilton County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Chilton County: Autauga, Bibb, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore & Shelby.

Below are the counties that are near Mars Hill. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Mars Hill:

  DirectionDistance
Chilton     (The home county for Mars Hill)
      Jemison   [Map]   E   4 miles [6.4 km]
      Thorsby   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Maplesville   [Map]   S   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Clanton   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Stanton   [Map]   S   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Verbena   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Mountain Creek   [Map]   SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
 
Autauga
      Billingsley   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      White City   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Jones   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Marbury   [Map]   SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gibbons - Historic   [Map]   SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Pine Level   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Booth   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Autaugaville   [Map]   S   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Prattville   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Bibb
      Randolph   [Map]   SW   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Brierfield   [Map]   NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Lawley   [Map]   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Eddings   [Map]   NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Pratt Ferry - Historic   [Map]   W   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Cane Creek - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Nash Town - Historic   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Centreville   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      East Town   [Map]   W   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Blocton - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Bucktown - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Corinne - Historic   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Italian Town   [Map]   NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
 
Coosa
      Aucheucaula - Historic   [Map]   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Weogufka   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Stewartville   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Rockford   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Hissop   [Map]   E   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Mount Olive   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Dallas
      Plantersville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Valley Grande   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Selma   [Map]   S   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sunset Mill Village   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Elmore
      Titus   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Deatsville   [Map]   SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Holtville   [Map]   SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Elmore   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Millbrook   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
 
Jefferson
      Greenwood   [Map]   N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kimbrell   [Map]   NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bessemer   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Hoover   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      McCalla   [Map]   N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      New Village   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Shannon   [Map]   N   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Bullard Shoals - Historic   [Map]   N   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Adger   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      North Johns   [Map]   NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lipscomb   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brighton   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hueytown   [Map]   N   34 miles [54.7 km]
 
Perry
      Sprott   [Map]   SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Marion   [Map]   SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
 
Shelby
      Wilton   [Map]   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Montevallo   [Map]   N   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Calera   [Map]   NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Maylene   [Map]   N   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Shelby   [Map]   NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Sawmill Town   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Brantleyville   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Saginaw   [Map]   N   18 miles [29 km]
      Siluria   [Map]   N   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Pine Grove Village   [Map]   NE   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Alabaster   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Columbiana   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Merrell Beach   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
 
Talladega
      Talladega Springs   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Fayetteville   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Gantts Quarry   [Map]   NE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Oak Grove   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Bon Air   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Childersburg   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Comerdale   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Mignon   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sylacauga   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
 
Tuscaloosa
      Tannehill   [Map]   NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Vance   [Map]   NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lake View   [Map]   NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Abernant   [Map]   NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Coaling   [Map]   NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Brookwood   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Duncanville   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Kellerman   [Map]   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Cottondale   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Peterson   [Map]   NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Bull City   [Map]   NW   40 miles [64.4 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Mars Hill, see our County-by-County Page for Mars Hill.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Mars Hill:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives for Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Chilton County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Autauga County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Bibb County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Coosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Elmore County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Jefferson County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Perry County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Shelby County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Talladega County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    
Tuscaloosa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chilton County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama
FamilySearch.org:     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page
Internment.net:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Chilton County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Alabama

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Chilton County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Mars Hill. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Mars Hill. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mars Hill) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mars Hill. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.9535, Longitude: -86.8300     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mars Hill have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Mars Hill, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mars Hill.



 
 
 

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